Risk factors and outcomes associated with post-traumatic headache after mild traumatic brain injury

This study aims to determine the prevalence and potential risk factors of acute and chronic post-traumatic headache (PTH) in patients with mild to moderate traumatic brain injury (TBI) | Emergency Medicine Journal

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Objectives: Acute PTH (aPTH) is defined by new or worsening of pre-existing headache occurring within 7 days after trauma, whereas chronic PTH (cPTH) is defined as persisting aPTH >3 months after trauma. An additional goal was to study the impact of aPTH and cPTH in terms of return to work (RTW), anxiety and depression.

Conclusions: PTH is an important health problem with a significant impact on long-term outcome of TBI patients. Several risk factors were identified, which can aid in early identification of subjects at risk for PTH.

Full reference: Tansel, Y. et al. (2017) Risk factors and outcomes associated with post-traumatic headache after mild traumatic brain injury. Emergency Medicine Journal. Published Online First: 8th July 2017

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